Open Source Ecology
A network of farmers, engineers, architects and supporters, Open Sourcing the means of production
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, architects and supporters, whose main goal is the eventual manufacturing of the Global Village Construction Set. As described by Open Source Ecology "the GVCS is an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts." Groups in Oberlin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and California are developing blueprints, and building prototypes in order to pass them on to Missouri. The devices are built and tested on the Factor e Farm in rural Missouri. Recently, 3D-Print reports OSE has been experimenting with RepRap 3-D printers as suggested by academics for sustainable development. History[edit] Marcin Jakubowski Ph.D. founded the group in 2003.[9] In the final year of his doctoral thesis at the University of Wisconsin, he had the feeling that his career field was too closed off from the world's problems, and he wanted to go a different way. After graduation, he devoted himself entirely to OSE. OSE made it to the world stage in 2011 when Jakubowski presented his Global Village Construction Set TED Talk.[10] Shortly after, the GVCS won Make magazine's Green Project Contest. The Internet blogs Gizmodo and Grist produced detailed features on OSE. Jakubowski has since become a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow (2012) and TED Senior Fellow (2012). Open Source Ecology is also developing in Europe as OSE Europe.[11] Factor e Farm[edit] The Factor e Farm is the main headquarters, where the machines are prototyped and tested. The farm itself also serves as a prototype. There is a large garden including fruit trees, as well as a greenhouse to produce food.[12] Current progress[edit] As of 2014, twelve of the fifty machines have been designed, blueprinted, and prototyped, with four of those reaching the documentation stage.[13][14] On October 2011 a Kickstarter fundraising campaign collected 63,573 USD for project expenses and the construction of a training facility.[15] The project has been funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation[16] and is a semifinalist in the Focus Forward Film Festival.[17] Awards and recognition[edit] In 2011, the project won the Green Project Contest organized by the Make magazine.[18] It was also selected as one of the 21 semi-finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, among 162 participants.[19] TIME rated OSE's Civilization Starter Kit as a top invention of the year 2012.[20]
Tree San Diego
Working to improve the quantity of quality urban forest in San Diego County and beyond. Quality means the right trees, in the right places, properly maintained.
Create Purpose, Redondo Beach, CA
Helping abandoned children get a chance to live a productive life and empowering everyday citizens to take part in the change
The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano
Empowering individuals and families towards everyday sustainability
One Community
Open Sourcing Sustainability as a Path to Positive Global Change for Everyone
Harvest Craft Brea, CA
Seeking to equip, educate, and empower communities through sustainable food production systems
Newport Banning Land Trust; Costa Mesa, CA
Conserving and stewarding the Newport Banning Ranch for the benefit of native species, and for the enjoyment by the public
The Eddy Foundation Essex, NY
Working with individuals & organizations to help ensure that future generations can enjoy healthy & biodiverse landscapes
EcoArts Foundation Encinitas, CA
Our mission is to inspire the regeneration of Earth's ecosystems via the arts
Sustain OC Orange County, CA
Promoting job creation and economic growth in the Orange County clean technology industry.

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  • San Diego Green Building Council, USGBC
  • The Garden School Foundation
  • The Growing Club
  • Kiss The Ground
  • Sustainable Works
  • Grow Local OC
  • Kitchens for Good
  • Brackens Kitchen
  • Solutions For Urban Agriculture
  • Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • Living Building Challenge/International Living Future Institute
  • Urban Land Institute
  • The Offset Project
  • San Diego Food System Alliance
  • Slow Food Urban San Diego
  • Global Green Events
  • Community Healing Gardens
  • Leichtag Foundation
  • Earth Roots Field School
  • Coastal Roots Farm
  • EcoChic Events
  • San Diego Sustainable Living Institute
  • GreenWave
  • FarmBot is it non-profit?
  • Open Source Beehive
  • Aker
  • Net Impact
  • International Living Future Institute
  • The OMEGA Project
  • 100 Resilient Cities Initiative
  • Global Green